|Publication number||US4892241 A|
|Application number||US 07/230,609|
|Publication date||Jan 9, 1990|
|Filing date||Aug 10, 1988|
|Priority date||Aug 10, 1988|
|Publication number||07230609, 230609, US 4892241 A, US 4892241A, US-A-4892241, US4892241 A, US4892241A|
|Inventors||Gus H. Mavrakis|
|Original Assignee||Mavrakis Gus H|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (16), Classifications (15), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to sporting equipment, and more particularly, to an improved tackle box that is adapted to be worn and supported by the user.
Tackle boxes are used by fishermen as containers for articles such as lures, weights, plugs, swivels, bobbers, bait and the like. Many prior art tackle boxes are relatively large and are intended to be sat down on the bank of a body of water, or supported in the bottom of a boat, etc. This type of tackle box, while suitable for the intended purpose, must be left on the bank of a body of water, or left in the bottom of a boat, etc., until ready for use. It is also provided with a handle for carrying the tackle box from one place to another. An example of one such prior art tackle box is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 4,729,474.
Other prior art tackle boxes have means for supporting them on the person of the user, such as by belts, straps, and the like. This type of prior art tackle box is much more convenient to use, since it is always available on the user and need not be carried by a separate handle. Examples of this type of prior art tackle box are shown in U.S. Pat. Nos. 1,827,929, 2,538,576, 2,677,486, 3,148,811, 3,151,790, 3,277,599, 3,638,843 and 3,672,548. These tackle boxes vary from fishing creels or baskets with a hinged top lid as shown in U.S. Pat. No. 2,538,576 to a multi-compartment box having a plurality of interengaged sections openable to define a generally horizontal tray as shown in U.S. Pat. No. 3,672,548.
The present invention represents an improvement over the above-noted prior art. In accordance with the present invention, a unique and improved tackle box is provided with means facilitating the storage of and access to various fishing tackle, including live bait, and also has a unique means for attaching and holding flies or like articles.
A general object of the invention is thus to provide a new and improved tackle box that is supported on the front of the user and which may be readily opened and closed while in the worn position for access to the contents.
Another object of the invention is to provide a tackle box which is adapted to be worn on the front of the user, and which includes multiple compartments that may be accessed independently of one another while being worn.
A further object of the invention is to provide a tackle box which has removable means for securely engaging and holding in place flies and other hooked articles.
The foregoing and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description and accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate like parts throughout the several views, and wherein:
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary front perspective view showing the tackle box of the invention being worn on the front of the user;
FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of the tackle box of the invention with one compartment shown in an opened position;
FIG. 3 is a top perspective view of the tackle box of the invention, with another compartment shown in an opened position;
FIG. 4 is an exploded top perspective view of the tackle box of the invention, showing the removable partitions;
FIG. 5 is a vertical sectional view taken along line 5-5 in FIG. 3;
FIG. 6 is a partially sectional view of the tackle box shown partially closed;
FIG. 7 is a partially sectional view of the tackle box shown in its fully closed position;
FIG. 8 is a side view in elevation of a modified tackle box with additional pouches on the front thereof; and
FIG. 9 is a front perspective view of the modification shown in FIG. 8.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, a first form of tackle box according to the invention is shown generally at 10. The tackle box comprises a boxlike container or receptacle 11 having side walls 12, a bottom wall 13 and front and rear walls 14 and 15, respectively. The side walls include forwardly projecting portions 16 adjacent the front, upper edge thereof and which extend beyond the plane of the front wall 14. The front wall includes a mating, offset portion 17.
The interior of the receptacle 11 is divided into a plurality of compartments by removable partitions 18, whereby articles or objects of different variety, such as lures, weights, etc., may be stored in different compartments. By removing the partitions, the interior of the receptacle may be made larger for storing larger items.
A support member 20, which serves as an outer cover, is pivotally mounted to the receptacle by pivot pins 21 and includes a back wall 22, side walls 23, and front and rear walls 24 and 25, respectively. The front wall has a projection or detent 26 on a lower inside edge thereof for cooperation with a complemental detent 27 on the forwardly offset front wall portion 17 of the receptacle 11 to hold the receptacle and cover or support in closed position as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 7.
The rear wall 25 of the support or cover 20 terminates at a stop flange 28 which serves to limit the movement of the receptacle beyond a generally horizontal position as shown in FIG. 3, for example, when the receptacle is in its opened position.
The support 20 includes an upwardly extending flange 30 which projects beyond the front wall 24 and which has a pair of slots or openings 31 and 32 therein for attachment of one end of support straps 33 and 34. The straps are intended to extend over the shoulders of the user and are connected at their other ends with loop rings 35 and 36 attached to the receptacle by the pivot pins 21. The length of the straps is adjustable in a conventional manner to accommodate the tackle box harness to users of different size.
A combined shelf and supplemental cover 40 is pivotally mounted at one edge 41 thereof to the forwardly projecting side wall portions 16 of the receptacle. The supplemental cover 40 includes a shelf wall 42, side walls or flanges 43 and 44 and an end wall 45. The side walls and end wall, together with the complemental front wall portion 17 on the receptacle, serve to retain articles placed on the shelf. Further, as seen best in FIG. 5, the shelf slopes downwardly toward the receptacle, whereby articles will tend to move toward the receptacle rather than over the end wall of the shelf. The supplemental cover and shelf 40 not only serves to prevent inadvertent disengagement of articles from the several compartments in the receptacle but also provides a platform upon which various articles, e.g., lures, flies, weights, etc., may be deposited for selection by the fisherman.
As seen best in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, the upwardly facing interior shelf space 46 is longitudinally divided by a partition 47, and a plurality of removable rods 48 are frictionally engaged at their opposite ends between the partition 47 and an adjacent side wall 43 or 44. A thin layer of cork 49 or like material, e.g., foamed polystyrene, is suitably secured, as with an adhesive or the like, to the upwardly facing surface of the shelf beneath the rods. With this structure, flies and other articles may be secured beneath the rods against the layer of cork or the like. To remove a fly, the appropriate rod may be at least partially lifted away from the layer of cork or the like to free the fly without tearing the cork or the like. Alternatively, the fly may simply be pulled from beneath the rod and out of the cork or like material. The former procedure avoids tearing of the cork, while the latter avoids the necessity of first lifting the rod. One or more rods may also be removed and left out of the shelf space to provide an area for sorting various articles.
The forwardly projecting or offset front wall portion 17 also serves as a stop to engage the rear edge of the supplemental cover and shelf unit and prevent its displacement beyond an approximately horizontal position as shown in FIG. 3, for example.
A separate compartment 50 is secured on top of the front wall 24 of the support unit 20, and may be divided into two or more compartments 51 and 52 by a one or more partition walls 53. A single cover 54 for closing the compartment 50 may be hinged along a front edge 55 thereof, or a separate cover (not shown) for each such compartment may be provided. The cover or covers 54 are held in their closed position by suitable detents 56 and 57 on the cover and compartment wall, respectively. The compartment 50 may be used for storing various articles, such as live bait, weights, flies, etc., which are likely to be chosen frequently during use, thereby avoiding the necessity of opening the main compartment or receptacle.
As shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, one or more pouches 60 may be secured to the outside of the box (bottom of wall 13 on receptacle 11) for containing various articles. The pouches are closed by flaps 61, secured with straps 62 and suitable fasteners, such as patches 63 of Velcro.
The particular materials employed to make the tackle box of the invention are not critical and may be selected from any well known material suitable for the purpose, such as metal, plastic and the like. Preferably, the box is made from high impact polystyrene. This material may be easily and inexpensively molded to form the desired product in a manner known in the art.
It should also be noted that the unique arrangement of receptacle, cover or support and supplemental cover serve to prevent moisture, i.e., rain or the like, from entering the receptacle.
Although the invention has been described with reference to a particular embodiment, it is to be understood that this embodiment is merely illustrative of the application of the principles of the invention. Numerous modifications may be made therein and other arrangements may be devised without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||224/640, 224/920, 224/245, 206/315.11, 224/646, 224/658, 43/57.1, D03/905|
|International Classification||A45F5/00, A01K97/06|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S224/92, A45F5/00, A01K97/06|
|European Classification||A45F5/00, A01K97/06|
|Jun 21, 1993||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Jun 26, 1997||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 8
|Jul 31, 2001||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Jan 9, 2002||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Mar 12, 2002||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20020109